Set One: d1t01 - I Know You Rider d1t02 - Big Boss Man d1t03 - Standing On The Corner d1t04 - Beat It On Down The Line d1t05 - In The Pines d1t06 - Cardboard Cowboy d1t07 - Nobody's Fault But Mine d1t08 - Next Time You See Me d1t09 - He Was A Friend Of Mine d1t10 - Cream Puff War
Set Two: d1t11 - Viola Lee Blues d1t12 - Don't Ease Me In -> d1t13 - Pain In My Heart d1t14 - Minglewood Blues -> d1t15 - Sittin' On Top Of The World d2t01 - You Don't Have To Ask d2t02 - Cold Rain And Snow -> d2t03 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl -> d2t04 - It's All Over Now Baby Blue d2t05 - Dancin' In The Streets
SBD -> Reel Master (10 Inch Reels @ 15ips 1/2trk) -> Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD -> EAC -> SHN
August 11, 2022 Subject:
Just acquired a cassette of 2nd set tape-transferred in Feb. '93
Pre-digital was a delight to listen to, from the whole second set.
Crisp performances across the board. Baby Blue gets cut off at the end of side one. The remarks and commendations on this digital version are well deserved. The differences are subtle, but audible as a more rounded sound.
It's sure easier to bounce around on the digital version, from song to song, but that wasn't how it was played. Start to finish, as a performance, a sequence of songs, a setlist to enthrall and captivate the audience. While notes here explain it was for the suits in advance of the "tour" to Canada, the band had been practicing, they were conscientious and sounded like they were really trying to rock and roll, defining their own unique sound as a band, in the process. Ah, to go back and be there...knowing what's all ahead, the mind simply boggles.
July 17, 2022 Subject:
You’re not here for musical innovation, jam, song suites, etc. ‘66 Dead is innocuous fun, those days when Weir dropped every weekend for a year. This music is about context and placement in time.
Pet Sounds had just come out, setting a standard that, for studio work, is still unparalleled. The Beatles unleashed Tomorrow Never Knows this year, forever stamping out any “cute” musical pretensions adherent to rock at this time. We know where Dylan was - in Nashville preparing Blonde on Blonde. Coltrane was attempting to beat the Reaper, and Miles’ second great quintet was flying off the rails towards full electric music.
In this context, the boys sound downright cute 🥰. Sure, there are some sparks with Viola Lee. Pigpen is the real star here, as the unusual stereo sound of the music (listen with headphones). But overall, this one, like all ‘66 Dead, is about whether the sound quality is good (vocals high here, but it’s ok), and more as a cool drink of water 💦 amidst Dead fatigue from endless listening to other years.
This show has been around forever; it’s nice to have CM’s latest upgrade.
July 17, 2014 Subject:
Magic of 66
The Dead exploded in 66. After lots of practice starting in 65 and playing in many dive bars, high schools, and auditoriums the band blossomed in 66.
Nobody on the planet had a repertoire like this. Blues, rock, country, and hippie jams. Jerry was the strongest player, but it takes a band to shine.
This recording is bit funky and parts of the performances are odd. But I would have rather seen this show than lots of the late 70's, 80's and 90's shows I went too.
Later in the year it is even better. The Pride records recording at the Matrix and Avalon in Sept and Nov 66 are as good as any they ever did in my opinion.(To bad they basically stole the recording from the Dead.)
You not with it unless you understand and love 66. This is a very significant recording.
September 28, 2012 Subject:
First time ive heard any early Dead stuff live, WOW!!!!
August 19, 2012 Subject:
July 5, 2012 Subject:
I consider myself a hardcore Dead Head, even though (or because!) I rarely listen to any show later than 1972. And I'll consider any arguments that '69, 70 or '71 was their peak year. But...
Ron's Vox! And Jerry's Starfire!
Now, what could improve this page on the archive? A copy of the second set (Airplane). What I wouldn't give for that.
February 28, 2010 Subject:
birth of the dead
a lot of the tracks here are on Birth of the Dead. There is a recording here on the archive from may 66 and you can tell a huge difference. wish we had more recordings of 66 and especially 67, there were probably huge evolution from week to week even. if you saw these guys back then you must have known that they were going to be something great one day.
September 22, 2009 Subject:
This was the begining of the Dead End
This was my first dead show I ever had. My Buddy was a big dead head and I liked smokin with him. One day we got stoney and he through this show in the tape deck and that was it... I was hooked. Never looking back. I had just turned 15 and never relized the trouble this music, this culture would get me in. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love the kind folks I've meet at shows on tour and on the road. I love you all! We are a grate group of wierdos. But thats for puttin this one on this page. Power to the peaceful
May 2, 2009 Subject:
This is great.
As a fan of the Grateful Dead's early sound, I really love this show. Great stuff here.
February 15, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" July 16, 1966 at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for the Charlie Miller Transfer.
SUMMER OF 66'...at the FILLMORE AUDITORIUM, SAN FRANCISCO.
"the oldest juveniles in California, the GRATEFUL DEAD"
Hard to believe when this show was performed, LSD was not an illegal substance. It's even harder to beileve San Francisco was once a cheap place to live, and no one lived in Marin.
Vocal track panned left, music track panned right.
Pigpen's organ can be clearly and easily heard. I love the sound of Pigpen's organ, his playing is outstanding. His organ was the "Sound" of the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Putting the audio tracks in mono changes the sound, it puts everything center, the vocals come forward and the organ drops back.
I like this version of "Pain In My Heart" better than the 11-19-66 Fillmore performance. A rare treat for us Pigpen fans. Otis Redding recorded this song in 1963.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1966 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Hard to believe BEATLE MANIA was raging on the east coast, while San Francisco was giving birth to a behemoth like the GRATEFUL DEAD.
The Fillmore crowd is very well behaved, but hey it's 1966. Some of the best music ever written and performed had not yet been created, and some of it was and the GRATEFUL DEAD were playing it.
Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you will be sorry.
The tape runs out on "Dancin' In The Street" at 6:34.
Delightfully wonderful and truely a "MUST HAVE" show.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1966.
I miss 1966.
July 16, 2008 Subject:
GOOD GOOD STUFF!!
Wow, just listened to the show and thought it was GRATE!! GMLSG was awesome. This music sounds almost like their first album, only better cuz its LIVE and the tunes are much longer.
April 27, 2008 Subject:
Can't believe there aren't more reviews! A good ol' fun show complete with the bubble gum feel. Sounds like you're listening to a 60's Haight Ashbury documentary. Only wish Jerry was a little bit higher in the mix. You can't have everything I guess.
March 5, 2008 Subject:
Thank You Lord---Hare Krishna
this is the recording that I have been waiting for.